What is philanthropy? Think of it as something like doing good. But not just doing something good for one person but doing something good for many people. It’s a public service on a larger scale. It doesn’t just make a change in one person’s life but also to a community. Not all people can do this since not all people have the capacity to do so and for the people that can not all have the interest or the spirit to do so only a very few.
Philanthropy isn’t just about simply helping its also about vision. It’s not just about giving a ton of people financial aid or giving out relief goods. It can be something smarter like providing free electricity, free wifi, providing raw materials for a sustainable business, and providing free livelihood education. Every community has its needs and sometimes a little bit of vision and creativity can make it happen.
You don’t need to be rich: Most people think that in order to be a philanthropist that you need to be rich. You don’t actually. Sometimes a good vision and proper execution and maybe a good intention is sometimes all you need. There are various people, organizations, and companies that are willing to help and all they need is someone that can give the direction on where and how to help. If they buy the vision most likely they will support it.
You don’t need to be in a position or in a higher power: most people think that there are two things that you need to be a philanthropist, be as rich as Bruce Wayne or be in a position of higher authority (again Bruce Wayne), or both. But not everyone can be Bruce Wayne, but anyone can be a philanthropist. Check out Google and search for actual real people that are a philanthropist and you will see that not all of them are millionaires and billionaires.
You don’t need to do it all by yourself: Most people think that being a philanthropist you need to have a very clear vision and work to make it all happen, The work surely will be needed but you doing everything isn’t realistic. You’re not superman. This Is where various sponsors come into the picture. These sponsors doesn’t necessarily need to donate, some can offer their free service and that’s it. You should know that every step that you do, there will be someone that is or is willing to help you, you just need to look for them.
Philanthropy can be hard work, its not a full-time job and probably won’t have any rewards and not all good deeds get to be landed in the news. But that’s not the reason why philanthropy is exhausted. It exists for the greater good and if you want a good example for that, a model that you can follow, check out Ryan Kavanaugh. You might just learn a thing or two through his deeds.